157 Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 360 [1] LONDON, 27 August 1939

FOR THE PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET

Cabinet did not meet till 3.30 and sat till 6 and adjourned till tomorrow morning. Henderson's [2] return postponed till tomorrow afternoon. This decision deliberately arrived at, and for your information and MOST CONFIDENTIAL this due to influences moving both in Berlin and Rome which desirable should have time to work before United Kingdom reply received. Draft reply continued today, and I gather Cabinet united on general lines which from my information appear satisfactory.

Your cable most helpful.

BRUCE

1 The cablegram on the file cited was not numbered. The number has been taken from Bruce's copy (on file AA: M100, August 1939).

2 Sir Nevile Henderson, U.K. Ambassador to Germany.

[AA: A1608, A41/1/1, iv]